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Lulworth Skipper

Observed: 5th August 2009 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder is knowledgeable about Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
lulworth skipper
Description:

Probably our dullest butterfly - this is a smart one!

Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon) interacts

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bobthebirder's picture

Lulworth Skipper

This butterfly has spread its range rapidly westwards in recent years and is now quite common on Portland. On August 19th I'm leading a free 4-hour butterfly workshop around the quarries of Portland. We should see Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Grayling, Wall, Clouded Yellow and there might even still be some Lulworth Skippers around! We're meeting at 10.00 am at the Heights Hotel, Portland if you can make it.

Bob Ford

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Lulworth skipper

Interested to hear you say the marks are only obvious on females as in France and Spain, where I am more used to seeing these, I've seen both males and females with the circular pale mark; it is also more a complete circle. The grey/brown colour to the trailing edge is also a distinguishing feature.

For once, an insect named after a place it is often seen!

Graham Banwell

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bobthebirder's picture

skippers

Perhaps I should have said "more obvious on females" - the males certainly have them as well.

Bob Ford

rimo's picture

Lulworth Skipper

Dullest butterfly? Have you never seen the Large/Small/Wood white!? :)

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